February 11, 2014

A Couple Of Shabby Chairs

I'm busy working to get my inventory built up for the 


Remember these chairs I bought along with the Italian Florentine cabinet?


Some of you  said you didn't like the plaid fabric....What??

I started by painting the chairs white with a little distressing to show off that rose


 Now I had to pick fabric...I tried so many different fabrics because I want to change my style.  

Let me explain....For 11 years I had an antiques booth and over the course of those years I developed a following for those that love everything shabby, pink, flowery and fluffy.   So, when I closed my booth last month I thought....This is my chance to break away and be more edgy....Trendy, rusty, funky....Basically my chance to be more hip in my up-cycling. 

Imagine my disappointment when after trying 20 different fabrics on these chairs....The only one that pleased my eye was this vintage rose chintz





So does this mean I'm destined to be Miss Fluffy, my whole life??  
Is it possible for me to change my style and be hip and cool??

The saying about a zebra and his stripes keeps running through my head!


I've started posting the Polka Dot Flea vendors 
Vendors are the heart of a show and each one of them has a well deserved page on the Polka Dot Flea website!

Happy Creating!
Carol


54 comments:

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That fabric does look pretty darn perfect, Carol...maybe next time lol! The chairs are beautiful!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

LOVE!

Well, when there's a rose on a chair, you can't help but stay soft. You will have other chances to be hip! :)

Betty W said...

The chairs are so pretty and I like the table too.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Old habits die hard, my friend lol! I'm sure you'll find your groove on another project. I know exactly what you mean, about wanting to shake things up a bit. I think that's great, it's good for the soul!

Kathy said...

I think the chairs turned out very pretty and I am afraid you are right on that zebra thing. I see many things I like and wish I could change my style but when push comes to shove I always return to my first love of floral.

Amy Jo said...

We just can't help what we like. Every time I have tried to change my style I just turn out unhappy, so miss fluffy I remain. The chairs are darling. I think you did great.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The is fantastic fabric! It was made for you and your pretty style! Enjoy your week! Finally some nice weather! lol Hugs!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They turned out very pretty, Carol! Well, of course, you picked the rose Chintz. Everyone can see how well the roses in the fabric go with the rose on the back of the chair. I think this particular chair just had you back where you feel comfortable. I'm sure something else will come along and you will be able to let your wild side out! : )

By Neymes said...

MUITO BONITA,PARABÉNS QUERIDA.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

Jane said...

Those chairs needed that rose fabric…you stayed right in line with the look of the chair. I think they look very pretty and much better than that original plaid :)
Jane

janice15 said...

They are really beautiful... The roses fabric just did the touch... very pretty... with love Janice..

Donna said...

What a beautiful transformation, Carol! That plaid would give me a headache:) The rose carving on the chairs really pops now that you've painted them white. And the fabric is perfect! Who needs edgy?:)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I find following my "heart" is the best and your heart is "fluffy", sweet and pink :)
Happy Valentine's Day!
warmly,
deb

Melodee said...

beautiful! love the chairs....and I want to move to FL just to come to your show

Createology said...

You dear and your style will be able to make the changes...however these chairs commanded this rosey chintz fabric. It couldn't be helped my friend...

Ann said...

Chairs look awesome - love the fabric.

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

This fabric was meant to be on these chairs...so pretty!!! I've also tried to wiggle out of my shabby chic style~~~I think there might be a hidden zipper:)

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Loretta Castorini said...

Carol, did I miss the post about you closing your booth??? I'm coming to Orlando next month and was going to find it! Oh well ;( The chairs may not be edgy but with the rose carving, the fabric is perfect! Very Pretty!

Elaine said...

Looks great to me! I will be in Orlando next week Thur-Sat, anything special for junkers happening?

marda said...

Well I really like your choice of fabric. I think it goes perfectly with the chair, much better than that plaid did!!!!
I doubt you have any trouble selling those two chairs.

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, I was chuckling at you wanting to change your style but in the end sticking with what's close to your heart! "They" (whoever 'they' are) say stick with what you love. I've tried different styles and I admit my favs are a big eclectic, but I always come back to what I love and it seems to sell. BTW, I love the chintz fabric and it was perfect for those chairs. :)
Betsy

hopeandjoyhome said...

Baby steps Carol! It is hard to go from one ingrained style to a new one! Heck I have been waffling about painting my pale yellow livingroom walls pale grey for 4 months!

Connie said...

Carol,
your chairs are so pretty and that fabric is perfect. Wow, you have all that organizing to do and fill your booth . . . Don't burn your candle at both ends . . . be sure and have some relaxing time :)
Happy Valentine's Day.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

These are all so cute! Lovely patterns :)

Debbie said...

Ah yes. That is so familiar here, too. No matter where I go, I always circle back around to ME.

I think you'll actually be able to step out and get a little Carol 2.0 going with other pieces. It's just that those chairs begged for that exact look IMO. It's the rose on the carving that does the begging. I love them, btw.

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I love your style and I say never change it. You've always created the most beautiful and romantic things and your style is timeless.

I can relate to wanting to change because I've tried to do the same, but always go back to what I love.

Congrats on your new adventure.

hugs
Sissie

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I love your style and I say never change it. You've always created the most beautiful and romantic things and your style is timeless.

I can relate to wanting to change because I've tried to do the same, but always go back to what I love.

Congrats on your new adventure.

hugs
Sissie

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

They are so darling. You definitely chose the right fabric for those chairs. Go funky on something else. ....although you seem to really be in the groove with your "Miss Fluffy" style. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", as the saying goes.

Diane said...

Very funny about the zebra. Chairs look great though.

Celestina Marie Design said...

Carol I love the chairs with the fabric you ended with. You have your specialty and it will always surface. I know this too well.
Now are these chairs going to be in The Polka Dot Flea??
Love them.
Hugs

pipigirl said...

luv luv luv that fabric. you know, you may think that changing your style since on a new venture is the way to go, but YOUR STYLE is what got you where you are today. i myself think that people these days yearn for a simpler time in life. for some reason, this style just does that very thing. its taken off like nothing ive ever seen before. i dont see it going away any time soon either. even guys are liking it. do your thing. its what got you where you are. there will be enough other vendors that may do that for you and you will be able to see just where that goes. its in test stage anyway. think even tho you are so very talented you would have no probs with whatever you did. best of luck to you.....you wont need it......

Cynthia said...

Carol, these chairs came out so great. I'm sure the sell fast, love the rose detailing with this fabric!

Cynthia

Heidi G said...

You do shabby chic so well and that's what drew me in to be one of your "groupies" in the first place. Your work is always spectacular.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful, Carol! Love the fabric.
xx,
Sherry

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Those chairs NEED vintage rose fabric! They are beautiful now!
Great job!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm sure you couldn't get that plaid fabric ripped off fast enough. I love the transformation and the pretty floral fabric...a perfect choice. Just keep doing what you're doing. It works!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm sure you couldn't get that plaid fabric ripped off fast enough. I love the transformation and the pretty floral fabric...a perfect choice. Just keep doing what you're doing. It works!!

Donna said...

They look pretty! Perhaps a black and white print on the next project like that would be the way to go for an edgy look.

Gail Schmidt said...

I don't know...I think because you painted the chair a shabby distressed white and it has a rose it HAD to have some Miss FLuffy fabric adn look beautiful. A different chair color, a different style chair and you might yet find yourself able shaking things up a bit. :)

Recycled Rita said...

The chairs are perfect..be fluffy!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol...the only thing you have to be is YOURSELF! The rest will fall into place! Great chairs! xo

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Nice cheery chairs! Is that a kerosene heater painter white there? We have had one of those sitting in the garage for years now! Nancy

Savannah Granny said...

Young lady, don't change what is working. You style has gotten you this far, Miss Fluffy.
Love the chairs and yes, the fabric is the perfect choice.
Your post reminded of the time my grandson, as a toddler, told me he loved sit in my lap cause "it was fluffy". Anyone else would have been writhing on the floor with a fat lip. So there are two "Miss Fluffys" in blogland.
Congrats on your progress, xoxoGinger

Kelley said...

Nah, you can be whoever you want to be! But I do like the fabric you chose for your chairs!

Can't wait to see the Web site!

Hugs and happy highways,
Kelley~

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful transformations!

Sharon said...

I love that fabric on those chairs! I'm afraid I'm destined to be "fluffy" also.

Mimi Sue said...

Well they are awfully cute with that fabric. Mimi

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

What am I doing wrong? I clicked on the site you gave me and it shows the kerosene heater redo but not the directions. or did I miss understand and you didn't give directions how to do. Thanks!! Am thinking about this!! Then I have to motivate hubby to do it for me! Nancy

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ya know you can do both ... I mix at my booth and I have to say the rusty looks kinda good with the shabby...and you do it so well !!!
((()

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Change is the air ! You are ready or wanting that change, but your mind is not up to it. Leave him some time by looking at many other style and the will follow you ! Our subconscious is slower than our conscious.
These chairs are gorgeous.
xoxo
Joëlle

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Just found your cute blog! I love that chair covered in roses! I'm following you... can't wait to see your next post.

Rebecca♥

Stampindamour said...

Carol -

Love the chair makeovers! I still LOVE Shabby, even tho' my style has changed over the years, I still LOVE the roses and shabby white furniture...♥

The few Shabby booths at the antique mall I'm {currently still} at are some of the MOST popular booths there...people can't get enough of shabby stuff! LOL!

-pamela ;)

Little Miss Maggie said...

Carol, you have to be true to your own style. If you love roses, so will a lot of other people. I'm sure tons of your past customers from your mall space will follow you to your flea market too. I love roses and pink and pretty stuff as well so I guess I'm fluffy right along with you. Roses rule!